Your Future Career as a Child Care Educator
Life After the HSC…
We are told that the HSC is everything. It is the hardest thing you will do, the hardest test you will take. The number you achieve at the end of those months of study and stressful exams will determine your future, your career. Right? WRONG!
Your future success is not entirely dependent on how well you do in the HSC. There are meaningful and inspiring careers available to you, and they do not necessarily depend on the ATAR you achieve.
Now by no means are we discouraging study and the notion of applying yourself when it comes to achieving your goals. In fact, undertaking vocational education is one of the best ways to develop specific skills that will help you gain employment within any industry. But you can kick start a rewarding career before your score hits your computer screen.
Have you considered a career as a child care educator?
A career in child care is a career that is flexible, extremely rewarding and in high-demand. With more than 1.2 million children enrolled in childcare across Australia, the industry is looking for young, bright minds to help develop and inspire our future leaders. What does this mean for you as a school leaver? It means that there is a fulfilling and stable career within reach and without the need of an ATAR. You can enrol in a Certificate III or a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and find yourself working with children and building a career in less than 12 months.
What are the perks of being a child care educator?
We have already touched on the accessibility and demand for quality educators within the industry, but a career in child care is so much more than just stability.
Taking care of children during some of the most important years of their life can be incredibly gratifying. As a child care educator, you could have a very real impact on a young person’s development, helping them to grow and navigate the great big world. Imagine seeing a child’s eyes light up as they learn something new or try something for the first time and succeed. It can be magical and certainly a reality of the job, particularly when you could spend up to 40 hours a week helping children discover new things, learn new skills and build their confidence.
Just like any other profession, being a child care educator is no easy feat and you will have some challenging days. However, the challenges are nullified by not only the satisfaction, but the added benefits that come with working within the industry. These include flexible working hours, the opportunity for career advancement and salary growth.
How can you get a head start with your career?
There are obviously a number of things to consider when it comes to choosing a career path, but if working with young children is something you are interested in, your career can start now. By simply enrolling in a Certificate III or Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, you are on your way to gaining employment and making a difference in children’s lives.
The good news is, if you are still keen to undertake a University degree, the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care is a recognised pathway into a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood / Primary) at Universities throughout Australia.
While you enjoy some time to relax and await your results, we encourage you to contemplate your options. There are many rewarding careers available to you, despite how well you do in the HSC.